A bondage suit, also commonly called a gimp suit, is a garment designed to cover the body completely (usually including the hands and feet), fitting it closely, and often including anchor points for bondage. It often has an attached hood; if it does not, it often is worn with a bondage hood or "gimp mask". The suit may be made from any material; leather, PVC, rubber, spandex, and darlexx are the most usual. Leather, not being stretchy, cannot fit as tightly as the others.
A bondage suit is used in BDSM to objectify the wearer, or gimp, and reduce him or her to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner. Unless there are suitably placed zippers, the breasts and genitals are not directly accessible while the suit is worn.
While it sometimes differs from a catsuit, unitard, or zentai more in purpose than appearance, the typical bondage suit is black and of very tear-resistant material (often reinforced by straps and barely stretchable) and includes integrated metal rings, belts, buckles, and laces to fasten it and to attach ropes or chains, as to lift and hang the wearer from the ceiling.
Following usage of the term in Quentin Tarantino's movie Pulp Fiction, it is sometimes called a gimp suit. Such suits are also depicted in the movies The People Under the Stairs; The Collector, and its sequel, The Collection; the FX series American Horror Story; and the comedy film This Is the End, in which Danny McBride refers to a submissive Channing Tatum as "my gimp". A gimp suit is worn by a man in the series Being Human, and the man is called a gimp. A gimp suit is featured in the video games Killer7, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Postal 2, and Saints Row: The Third, and makes a cameo appearance in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
- Copied from the Informed Consent BDSM Dictionary (Archived February 15, 2012 at the Wayback Machine) under GFDL.